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A Framework for Assessing the Value of Downtown Land

Florenz Plassmann and T. Nicolaus Tideman

Working Papers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Economics

Abstract: A decomposition of aggregate labor productivity based on internationally comparable data reveals that a high share of employment and low labor productivity in agriculture are mainly responsible for low aggregate productivity in poor countries. Using a two-sector general-equilibrium model, we show that differences in economy-wide productivity, barriers to modern intermediate inputs in agriculture, and barriers in the labor market generate large cross-country di?erences in the share of employment and labor productivity in agriculture. The model implies a factor difference of 10.8 in aggregate labor productivity between the richest and the poorest 5 percent of the countries in the world, leaving the unexplained factor at 3.2. Overall, this two-sector framework performs much better than a single-sector growth model in explaining observed differences in international productivity.

Keywords: land value; building value; property assessment; urban land assessment. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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